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New Catalog

FAQ – What to know about this transition

What is the catalog and why are you changing it?

The catalog is an online database of the books, ebooks, journals, and other material that the library owns. The new library system allows us to update the functionality and usability of our system to make it easier to find the material you need.

Can I still browse the collection in person?

Yes! Nothing is changing with our physical collection.

Will the online catalog for print material still be available?

During the transition, our old catalog will still be available on our website until replaced. *Update: the old catalog is no longer available. Please use our catalog.

Can I still borrow books and other material?

Yes! You can also still check out material. From June 26 to June 30, staff will need to do so manually using paper slips so it will look a little different, but you will be able to use material as normal.

Will I be able to renew books?

During the transition time, you will not be able to renew items online. Once our new system is operating, you’ll be able to renew your material as normal. If you receive a "Due Date Has Passed" message by email during this transition time, please either return the item to the Library of Michigan or contact us at or 517-335-1477 to renew the item.

Is MelCat available yet?

No, we are still unable to borrow material from other Michigan libraries via MelCat. Please continue to access MelCat resources through your public library.

Do I need to get a new library card?

No, you do not need to get a new library card. Your existing card barcode number will continue to be in our system. If you would like to access electronic resources remotely you will need to create a new password here.

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please contact the Library of Michigan at or 517-335-1477